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Ike’s example, Bush’s failure

Many defenders of America’s sovereignty look back with nostalgia toward President Eisenhower (“Eisenhower and illegals,” Op-Ed, Friday). He was a president for whom protecting the nation was the top priority.

In comparison, recent American presidents of both parties have believed they are virtual executive officers of the new world order, in which the United States provides political leadership and free police protection for much of the planet. It’s an expensive proposition for taxpaying citizens, however, who see their infrastructure and living standards crumbling as a result.

American borders and sovereignty are substantially rejected by these presidents, who respond to growing corporate power over government. Big Business sees democratic nations with informed citizens as burdensome impediments to profits. Middle-class constituencies of product safety and workplace fairness are particularly troublesome to ruling elites, who prefer exploitable foreigners with no cultural expectation of competence.

President Bush is the worst so far. He has endangered the nation perilously by insisting on open borders for his business cronies while al Qaeda has been regrouping. Muslim immigration is still permitted as if it were the most normal thing in the world. Immigration wasn’t meant to be a suicide pact — was it?

Away from the Beltway, Americans want a leader who will represent their interests first, rather than spend their money on elite-sponsored globalist proposals like water projects in Africa and a missile shield for Europe. But among the top-tier candidates, all appear to be willing corporate servants in the billion-dollar presidential campaign.

DANA GARCIA

Berkeley, Calif.